Down the Drain at Dessauer Strasse

This IBA project interests me less because of the buildings and more because of its ‘biological waste water system’ where reed beds in the central gardens were used to process waste water from the surrounding buildings (we’re talking all waste water here, not just a bit of rainwater in a barrel). 

The system creates a uniquely strange setting, with the necessity for a series of bridges spanning the wet areas.  The timber clad building in some of the photos is a later, post IBA, addition.  And no, it doesn’t smell.

A rather downbeat entrance off Dessauer Strasse:

but inside…

An image of the exterior of one of the housing blocks, this by Rave and Partner, on the corner of Bernberger and Dessauer.


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